- diplomacy conducted by threats of military intervention, esp by a major power against
a militarily weak state
Example Sentences Including 'gunboat diplomacy'
But such forceful intervention raised renewed fears in Latin America of ` gunboat diplomacy ".
The Collins History of the World in the 20th Century
Finally, after a display of gunboat diplomacy by Britain, Germany withdrew Einwald's claim and the place became British.
A Daystar of Fear
Neil MacCormick, an SNP Euro MP, denied that the policy was gunboat diplomacy.
Times, Sunday Times (2002)
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